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Sheikh Ibrahim Ateka replaces Sheikh Idris as CIPK chair

17 February 2015, 09:23 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Sheikh Ibrahim Ateka is the new chair of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), replacing the former chairman and slain preacher, Sheikh Idris.

Idris, who was the chairman of the CIPK was attacked and shot dead by unknown gunmen on his way to a mosque on June 10, 2014 in Likoni Mombasa County.

The position has been vacant until Ateka, who hails from western Kenya, was appointed in 2014 as acting chair but the lobby held its elections over the weekend and elected Ateka the official chairman.

IEBC regional election co-coordinator, Aisha Omar Oshal who confirmed that the elections were free, fair and transparent declared him the winner.

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“This is the fourth elections that ICPK has conducted since it was founded in the year 1997, and the last elections held were in 2008. However, these are the first elections that IEBC has supervised and we can confirm that they were very transparent,” she said.

Speaking after being declared the new chair, Ateka vowed to unite Muslim community and ensure the youth are not lured into radicalization.

“I ask all Muslims and Imams to support me in this work and mostly advice my fellow Imams that they should not be afraid of anything. Let them do the work of Allah as they were elected to do so,” he said.

Another new elected official, Mohammed Khalifa (Organizing Secretary) who retained his position also called for peaceful coexistence in the country.

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